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How Do You Calm Your Thoughts?

How Do You Calm Your Thoughts?

As if your thinking bad things for no reason and don't want to be thinking of them, how do your shut your mind off?

A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

I used to have really bad, uncontrollable thoughts. I think what helped me the most was to "retrain" my brain! I learned to write down the negative thought and replace it with a positive one. We don't realize how we can spiral into a negative thinking trap! Replacing the thoughts with positive ones takes some practice, but like anything...you brain will get used to it. Here is a really good article....Hope this helps!
https://psychcentral.com/lib/replacing-your-neg...

posted over 2 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

When my thoughts want to be a runaway train, I color and listen to music. I'm 41 and feel silly that coloring helps, but it does. Maybe it'll help you too.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

Thanks for the article on retraining your brain. I am going to read it and start trying this.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

I get into the bad thoughts. Really feel them. Think about them. Think of things I might have said/done differently but obviously did not. Listen to music that heightens the sadness. Close my eyes and live in it. Somehow, this makes me feel better. I don't want to forget the bad thoughts, I just don't want them to bother me so much.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

Try to meditate or write down your thoughts. Breath and relax. I know it sounds hard but it does work. I have the same issue. My mind is constantly going. Keeping a journal helps, letting your thoughts out on paper sometimes relieves what you are feeling in your mind. Seeing on paper also helps it to make sense.If the thoughts keep coming , call someone.

posted over 2 years ago
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